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Psychological Assessment (Theory): Course Outline (APSY-3102)

The gathering and integration of data to evaluate a person's behavior, abilities, and other characteristics, particularly for the purposes of making a diagnosis or treatment recommendation.

Course Objective

a. The objective of this course is to provide students’ knowledge about test construction, types and purpose of psychological testing, psychometric properties of psychological tests
b. To enable students’ understand rational, administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests.

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Course Contents

Psychological Test
a. Definition and nature of psychological test
b. Uses and types of psychological test
c. Psychological test and assessment
d. Ethical, legal and professional issues in assessment
Test Construction and Standardization
a. Different taxonomies of test development
b. Types of items
c. General guidelines for writing items
d. Item writing and item analysis
e. Approaches of item writing
f. Types of item analysis
g. Item difficulty index, item discrimination index                                                                                                                                                                 
Characteristics of a Test

a. Concept of reliability
b. Types and measurement of reliability
c. Standard error of measurement
a. Meaning and purpose
b. Types and assessment of validity
c. Standard error of estimate 

 Test Norms                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
a. Definition and types of norms
b. Development of norms
c. Within group norms
d. Norm referenced test vs. criterion reference tests
Ability testing
a. Intelligence – Nature and meaning/different view points
b. Types of intelligence tests: Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
c. Raven’ Progressive matrices
d. Aptitude tests

Objective Personality Testing
a. Minnesota Multiphase Personality Inventory (MMPI)
b. Sixteen Personality factors Questionnaire (16PF)
c. The Big Five Personality Traits
d. Eysenck Personality Questionnaire
Projective Techniques
a. Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
b. Rorschach Inkblot Test
c. House Tree Person (HTP)

Spiritual and Religious Scales
a. Muslim Religiosity Scale                                                                                                                                                                                                      

b. Religious Orientation Scale
Application of Testing
a. Testing in Clinical Settings
b. Testing in Counseling settings
c. Testing in Educational Settings
d. Testing in Organizational Settings
e. Group vs. individual tests

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